Best Kept Secret

Best Kept Secret

Know the Best Kept Secret Having been in the trading and investing business for more than 20 years now, I have seen arbitrage opportunities come and go, a real strong edge or two fade away, rules or regulations close a loop hole to some free money and so on. Like anything in life, strong and easy opportunities to profit financially typically don’t last because enough people find out and compete for that opportunity, and it’s that competition that eliminates the opportunity. Today, the biggest edge that offers real strong consistent…

Value Investing

Value Investing

What Is Value Investing? Unlike some investment strategies, value investing is pretty simple. It doesn’t require that you have an extensive background in finance (although understanding the basics will definitely help), sign up for an expensive subscription service or understand how to analyze squiggly lines on charts. If you have common sense, patience, money to invest and the willingness to do some reading and accounting, you can become a value investor. Here are five fundamental concepts you’ll need to understand before getting started. The Concepts Value Investing Fundamental No. 1:…

Pyramid Trading Strategy

Pyramid Trading Strategy

Pyramid Trading Strategy – How To Turn Small Trades into Huge Trades “Let your winners run” they always say. Great! But, HOW do I do that? How do I turn small trades into big winners? You’ve probably asked yourself this many times. As great as all these old trading aphorisms are, they do seem a bit vague and don’t really give us any specifics or details on how exactly one accomplishes the wonderful things they imply. Today, we are going to discuss how you can turn small trades into big…

Thinking Charts Differently

Thinking Charts Differently

Thinking Charts, a Little Different When it comes to trading and markets, at Online Trading Academy we tend to think different than conventional wisdom. The reason for this is we are focused on reality based trading and investing. One of the things I am always fascinated with his how we are taught to do certain things and how we learn, specifically when it comes to anything that has to do with competing. In the United States for example, we compete for jobs, money, better this and better that… Have you ever…

Visa Stock Buy

Visa Stock Buy

If you’re a reader of my blog, you know that I typically invest in companies with dividend yields above 2%. Visa Stock doesn’t fit this investment strategy. I do on occasion take chances on riskier investments regardless of yield, or in companies with a fantastic growth opportunity regardless of yield. In this case it’s the latter. I bought 25 shares of Visa Stock at a per share price of $79.11. The total invested amount of this purchase is $1,977.75.Visa Stock pays a very low yield of 0.69%. There’s not much near-term dividend income with this…

TTIP bad excuse for Brexit

TTIP bad excuse for Brexit

TTIP is a very bad excuse to vote for Brexit Barack Obama’s key message to Europe’s leaders last week was “let’s speed up TTIP”. The US-EU trade deal, formally called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, has been mired in controversy on both sides of the Atlantic. The “free trade” agenda has become poison in the US primaries, forcing even pro-trade Hillary Clinton to re-examine TTIP. The next round of talks begin on Monday in New York and Obama is worried – unless serious progress is made in coming months, his trade legacy…

Warren Buffet

Warren Buffet

Warren Buffet, management consultant The consequence of his incredible success finally caught up with Warren Buffet last year. At its 44th attempt, the S&P 500 finally grew faster than the book value of Berkshire Hathaway over a five year period. Mea culpa is expected in the annual letter to shareholders next month. What that has prompted is some retreading of the reasons why Berkshire doesn’t pay a dividend. In essence, this empire of insurance, stocks and real businesses has been built on compounding retained earnings. The Sage of Omaha keeps the…

Financial Innovation

Financial Innovation

Financial Innovation and Trading Lies It is hard to measure, but I think there’s a decent case to be made that financial innovation has done good things for a lot of real-world businesses. Junk bonds and real estate investment trusts and master limited partnerships and receivables securitizations and other capital-structure developments have helped companies raise money and lower their costs and attract investors and grow. There are success stories, though many of them are kind of boring. But hoo boy are the failures entertaining. Enron is of course the all-time poster…

ETF Trends in Q1 2016

ETF Trends in Q1 2016

3 ETF Trends in Q1 2016 (XLU, VNQ) Three trends in exchange traded funds (ETF) in Q1 2016 are a recovery in rate-sensitive funds, strength in emerging market ETFs and strong flows into precious metal ETFs. Gains in these ETFs are reversals of major trends from the previous year, when low inflation and increases in short-term interest rates combined to put downward pressure on these groups. One major development crucial to the first quarter of 2016 was the Federal Reserve’s shift to a more dovish policy in response to financial market volatility…

Support and Resistance

Support and Resistance

5 Critical Rules for Understanding Support and Resistance Two of the most basic, yet effective, technical patterns are support and resistance. These events are horizontal trendlines which cause a stock’s direction to reverse. When prices are falling, support represents the moment when buying overwhelms selling and prices reverse. Conversely, when stocks are moving higher, resistance is the point where selling overwhelms buying and the price increases stop. Correctly identifying these trend changers will allow you to establish initial price targets and to develop your own sell discipline. As with other…